In Tourism and Prosperity in Miao Land, Xianghong Feng focuses on the intersection of tourism, power, and inequality in the southern interior of China. In this region, capital-intensive and elite-directed tourism has reshaped the social and cultural patterns of the ethnic Miao and other local residents. Using ethnographic fieldwork conducted over the course of a decade, Feng examines the cultural reconstructions of space, ethnicity, gender, and morality within changing power structures. This book is recommended for scholars of anthropology, sociology, economics, political science, Asian studies, and tourism studies.
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It is a very thoroughly researched ethnography of a widespread form of rural development in contemporary China: the promotion of tourism from urban to rural areas of ethnic and scenic distinctiveness.... The main story of this well-written and convincing book is a devastating indictment of the corruption of the local and regional powers that be.
In Tourism and Prosperity in Miao Land, [Feng] deftly examines the intersection of tourism, power, and inequality on the ground in this poverty-stricken county.
Xianghong Feng’s book packs a sprawling, ethnographically-rich view of a complex tourism landscape in a compact volume…. Tourism and Prosperity in Miao Land is a solid volume that has much to contribute not only towards phenomenological strategies that capture the plurality of voices among the ‘toured’… but also adds to our understanding of how to address the reality of tourism in multi-ethnic peripheries that contribute to the ‘intensification of the marginality of the powerless’ (p. xix).